8:00 a.m. Awake and drinking green tea I'm not as energetic as yesterday. My head hurts and I am hungry. I'm sipping my first drink, a Green Lantern (kale, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger), hoping it gives me the boost that I need.
I know my daughter is only three and does not understand the concept of a cleanse, but her telling me every three minutes that she is hungry is frustrating to say the least.
I don't own a scale, looking in the mirror I don't appear as if I have lost weight. Also, my skin is breaking out; an unexpected negative.
10:00 a.m. Walk with the kids to the grocery store because there isn't anything in the house for them to eat with the babysitter while I'm at yoga. Plus, I have to think about dinner; even though I'm not eating other people are relying on me to put food in front of them.
In the store surrounded by food made me very aware of my senses. Every smell from the oranges to the spices and bakery items make my mouth water and stomach grumble.
Noon Yoga saved me today. The sunlight, moving, talking with other moms, bending, getting away, stretching and breathing made me forget that I was cleansing.
Now that I am in the home stretch I feel proud of myself for accomplishing something huge. I'm not there yet, but I am certain I will cross the finish line.
2:00 p.m. I sucked down a refreshingly spicy Haute Lemonade (water, lemons, cayenne, raw organic agave, ginger, organic maple syrup, sea salt) after yoga.
Observation: I'm very aware of how many restaurants, cafes, delis and bakeries I drive by on the way home.
3:00 p.m. The kids made cookies with the babysitter and now I'm hungry. Instead I'm sipping my Maroon Five (beet, carrot, apple, lemon, ginger) and it tastes good, but I'm still hungry.
Observation: Just because I'm around food, doesn't mean I need to eat the food. It is possible.
I did a headstand in the middle of the room and stayed up longer than ever.
6:00 p.m. I took the dog for a walk and drank another Green Lantern while my family ate pizza. I wanted to join them, but proud of my will power.
8:00 p.m. Drinking my Maroon Five and catching up with my husband I finally am able to relax.
9:00 p.m. There was a sixth drink, Cashew Milk (water, cashews, dates, madagascar vanilla, raw organic agave, house spice blend), a nightcap at the end of each day that I never drank. I guess I was sick of drinking and ready to sleep by that point.
Tonight I drank the protein rich smoothie and am not sure why I skipped it the past two nights. The creamy combination of sweet and spice felt like a reward.
I'm already thinking about what I will eat tomorrow, my first bite of food since Monday night. I'm hoping I can eat raw and vegetarian for at least the next couple days.
That will be hard since we are heading out of town for Passover.
On this journey, I've observed, learned through determination and am interested to see how I feel and eat in the days ahead. Keep your eye out for a follow up post and Like Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom on Facebook here.